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Letter: GOP policies hurt retired people

I read with a lot of interest the letter sent by Del. Justin Ready in the Times Dec. 20. I take exception to several of his comments.

He may mean well, but his comments are at odds with the national leaders of his party who are driving us over the cliff. Ready claims that his party is the party of working people or those who want to work for a living or who are now retired. If that is true, why is it that his party is constantly attacking those who can least recover from Republican policies, the retired workers?

Those of us currently retired are those who paid into Medicare and Social Security all of our working lives, but it is those programs that the Republicans attack the most. If they change the formula that adjusts Social Security lower than the real rate of inflation, it hurts just those who cannot go out and work to make up the difference. Already those adjustments don't include two costs that fluctuate the most and which affect us disproportionately, food and gasoline. Don't put the burden on those who can least afford to adjust to additional burdens.

That also holds true for Medicare. If those costs increase, it will eat up even more of that smaller Social Security check that so many rely on. If Ready really believes what he says, he should be contacting his national party officials and encouraging them to quit the brinksmanship and do what it takes to have smaller government and balance the budget, but at the same time take care of those who have paid in all of their lives.

Keep the promises.

Rick Gordon

Sykesville

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